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News Briefs for October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017

•Diageo has announced plans to convert 12.6 acres of its St. James’s Gate facility in Dublin, Ireland into a mixed-use development. The area, more than 20% of the total St. James’s Gate facility, is dubbed the St. James’s Gate Quarter and will be home to retail, residential and office space. The new quarter will have substantial public spaces to integrate the new community into the Liberties area of Dublin. Currently the plan is in its earliest stages and Diageo is seeking a development partner. The idea is to use existing buildings as well as new construction to create a vibrant new urban space while retaining the history of the iconic site. Earlier this year, Diageo received the go-ahead to build a €25 million ($28m) Irish whiskey distillery at St. James’s Gate for its new Roe & Co. brand.

•Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers unit has unveiled Midleton Very Rare Vintage 2017, the latest expression in Midleton’s Very Rare series. The 40%-abv offering is non-chill-filtered and features a blend of whiskies aged in ex-Bourbon barrels, ranging in age from 12 to 32 years. Rolling out this month in select global markets, including the U.S., Midleton Very Rare Vintage 2017 is priced at €180 ($239). Concurrent with the label’s launch, Irish Distillers has debuted its new Midleton Very Rare Cask Circle, a private club that allows members to select their own Very Rare whiskey cask from a selection of 30 barrels chosen by master distiller Brian Nation. The casks feature a variety of Irish whiskies between 12 and 30 years old that have been matured in different barrel types, including Bourbon, Sherry, Malaga, Port, Irish oak and rum.

•DeKuyper Royal Distillers has acquired the Cherry Heering liqueur brand from Peter F. Heering for an undisclosed sum. Known for its role in classic cocktails like the Singapore Sling and Blood and Sand, Cherry Heering was founded in 1818. The brand—which also includes a coffee liqueur—will now transition to DeKuyper’s global distribution network. Based in the Netherlands, DeKuyper’s portfolio also includes its namesake liqueur range, as well as the Peachtree, Rutte Gin and Jenever and Mandarine Napoléon labels.

•The Wine Group’s Stave & Steel label has launched its debut wine, a Bourbon barrel–aged Cabernet Sauvignon. Made with grapes sourced from California’s Paso Robles AVA, the new wine was aged four months in toasted, charred and Kentucky Bourbon–soaked American oak barrels prior to bottling. Stave & Steel’s Bourbon barrel Cabernet Sauvignon is available on Amazon and in off-premise accounts nationwide, retailing at $21 a 750-ml. At 44 million cases, The Wine Group is the third-largest wine marketer in the U.S.

•Ireland’s West Cork Distillers has introduced two limited-edition Irish whiskies under its Glengarriff Collection series. Rolling out this month, Glengarriff Peat Charred Cask and Glengarriff Bog Oak Charred Cask are both single malt whiskies aged in Sherry casks and finished for six months in barrels charred using fuel sources from southern Ireland’s Glengarriff Forest. The pair is limited to 4,800 bottles and retail priced at $44.99 each. West Cork will add two more expressions—a Cherry Charred Cask and Apple Charred Cask—to its Glengarriff Collection this spring. The West Cork lineup is handled by M.S. Walker in the U.S.

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